A Life In The Bush by Roy MacGregorA Life In The Bush by Roy MacGregor

A Life In The Bush

byRoy MacGregor

Paperback | April 3, 2007

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National Bestseller

Winner of

The CAA–Birks Family Foundation Award for Biography
The 2000 Ottawa-Carlton Book Award
The (U.S.) Rutstrum Award for Best Wilderness Book

“A portrait of a true original.”—The Hamilton Spectator

In 1929, at the age of twenty-two, Duncan MacGregor, the son of a lumberman, great-grandson of a voyageur, and an avid reader and baseball fan, headed off into the largest tract of preserved bush in the world: Ontario’s Algonquin Park. When he got there, he was home for the rest of his life.

From the true nature of fishing to the harsh realities of raising a family in the woods, from the role of fear in the bush to the small nuances of family relationships, A Life in the Bush is painted on a canvas both vast and richly detailed. A story that captures the tough physical demands, the rich life of the senses, and the unselfconscious freedom that comes from living apart from town and city.

In this beautifully crafted memoir of his father, Roy MacGregor paints an intimate portrait of an unusual man and spins a spellbinding tale of a boy’s complex relationship with his father. He also evokes, perhaps for the first time in Canadian literature, the bush the way bush people see it, an insider's view of life in the totemic Canadian wilderness.

ROY MACGREGOR has been a journalist for more than thirty years, and for many years has written his immensely popular “This Country” column on page two of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. He is the author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, including Escape, Canoe Lake, The Home Team, The Weekender, and the ...
Title:A Life In The BushFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.23 × 5.27 × 0.8 inPublished:April 3, 2007Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143053310

ISBN - 13:9780143053316


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it Excellent memoir of the relationship between a father and son
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too slow I bought this book because I love to read about people who live in the bush and thrive using their skills and knowledge, and I'm not at all let down when a book is written by a bush person who just talks about their psychological and spiritual ramblings, but this wasn't that book. This was a book that a grandson wrote about his grandfather, and that grandfather was just a guy who lived alone in Algonquin Park and liked hockey. The author idolized his grandfather so much, but without knowing him as a person, it was hard for me to feel anything that I was supposed to feel.
Date published: 2017-11-16

Editorial Reviews

“No ordinary man, Dunc MacGregor will live on by grace of this vivid, extraordinary book."